How to Debate Against Evolution

Debating against evolution uses the same principles as other debates.


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    Remember your audience. There are different kinds of audiences, and the way you talk would depend on that. If they're a "layman" audience, keep it simple. If they're an audience of experts and scientists, be prepared to lose no matter what.
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    Research, research, research. Both on your side and your opponent's side. This is the most important point of all. See tips for a list of important points.
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    Study similar debates. There are a lot of Evolution debates on YouTube and other such websites. Often the arguments are suspiciously similar, even if they're 50 years ago... And each time, evolution won.
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    Practice speaking in public. You've probably already done this, but stuttering and stage fright sure won't help your case. And if you are a creationist, practice being humiliated in public as well.
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    Know the format of the debate. It could be back and forth arguing or a 2 minute presentation from both sides, with you losing from the start.
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    Try to hold the debate, but keep to the subject at hand, remember that you are talking about science and not religion. The audience is unlikely to be equal parts evolutionist, creationist and undecided. All too often the audience is heavily creationist, and very stupid, with a child-like mind; or possibly heavily evolutionist and far more intelligent then you. You will not be ridiculed, until you say something creationist and therefore stupid. No-one will laugh at your jokes, only at your pathetic attempts to back up an evidence-less system based on blind faith, as they are not even funny, or at the evolutionist's superior intellect. Be prepared.


  • Don't quote out of context. Quoting evolutionists who apparently say things against evolution often falls under this, and vice versa. For example: "There is no God." (Psalms 14:1). Obviously something is up. It is. The passage reads "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." which is a 180 turn from the truanted version.
  • Don't badger your opponent. You might win the debate, but you might not win the audience. Almost always you're really trying to convince the audience.
  • When using a quote, say who the person is, and their qualifications. Do not state their position (evolutionist, creationist, etc). Let the quote stand for itself. Also, do limit the quotes. 1+1=2 is correct regardless who said it and what degrees they have. 1+1=3 is wrong regardless who said it and what degrees they have. A child can say 1+1=2 and it would be correct. A PhD can say that 1+1=3 and it would still be wrong.
  • Reverse the roles. They will be expecting you to rely heavily on faith while they bring out their "scientific" argument. Instead, challenge them about things like circular dating of rocks/fossils, which require a certain amount of blind faith themselves.
  • Study the debater. They might have made books or debated about evolution before. Debaters have their own style, their favourite questions, so study your opponents tendencies so you won't get caught off guard without an answer.
  • When researching on the Internet, take everything with a grain of salt. Research, research, and research again. Just because the person who wrote it says it's "evidence," don't just grab the information without truly knowing about the subject!
  • Important points to research and bring up: mutations are never helpful, the complexity of even the simplest creature is incredible, almost every feature of a creature is irreducibly complex, and how exactly do you know how old those fossils are?
  • Research about natural selection, mutation, biogenesis and abiogenesis, evolution (The theory itself), and other related things. It really helps to know all of these!

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